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This is my bike.

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The Social CEO

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Gery Keszler

I don't want any parties, I don't want a red carpet. I don't want to dance, and I don't want music either. I don't want a VIP area, no buffet, no spotlight, and no celebrities. I want the Life Ball to not be necessary anymore, for we have prevailed over HIV. Until then, we need the support of donations and sponsors, who help us every year to achieve our goal.
lifeball.org/donate

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Hit the road, headphone jack!

3.5 mm are too much. Apple wants to get rid of them and Beats can help.

The head phone jack pretty much defines the thickness of Apple's industrial design on the outer edge of its devices:

Macbook

iPad Air 2

iPod touch

iPod nano

iPod shuffle

Same will soon be true for the iPhone:

So, when will we see the switch to wireless-only headphones? At WWDC?

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How to identify a design icon

When there's this:

True.

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and this:

たった今スーパーローテクアップルウォッチを3本お店に出しました! Just listed 3 Super Low-Tech Apple Watches on my @etsy shop! www.hine.etsy.com #applewatch #felt #art #craft #toy #handmade #hinemizushima

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RandomCon: Open source idea for a new kind of conference

During one conference season, people give the same talks over and over again. No one feels they learn something. It doesn't have to be that way!

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Conferences try to wow us with revolutionary, all-new conference designs Different setup! New impulses! Discuss like never before!

Still, conferences seem to stay exactly the same: Over and over again the same people come together and tell the same presentations. All we see is repetition and it's hard to feel any kind of new horizon.

It seems like we're doing the good of bringing together the brightest minds, but constantly bore them and us with the same questions and answers every time.

Why not do it differently, every single thing?

Change it all

  1. Let's change some key aspects of a conference or barcamp:

    • Presenters submit their topic at multiple events
    • Attendees buy their tickets and read the finished program
    • Presentations are being given repeatedly
    • After the talks, attendees have the chance to ask their questions

  2. Let's replace these mundane steps with the following fresh ones:

    • Attendee buys ticket and can ask a question to be answered at the conference
    • Attendee can also decide to register as a presenter when buying the ticket
    • All questions are collected and randomly assigned among presenters two days before the event
    • Each speaker prepares and holds a talk discussing a questions they probably wouldn't have asked themselves

We call that the RandomCon.

Why random?

By seperating the topic of the question from the area of expertise of the speaker, we make two things sure: The agenda is crowd-sourced, and the experts are challenged to ponder an unusual question.

The potential lies in interdisciplinarity.

Think of all the inventions that come from one expertise colliding with another by chance. Don't know any? Ask for an answer at the first RandomCon!

Our call? A better TED.

PS: Why Open Source? First, conferences aren't my business, and second I'd like to see this idea taken further by other people.

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